Welcome to Boldface 2014! This year’s conference will be held from May 20-24 in the University of Houston’s Honors College, located in the MD Anderson Library on the university’s main campus in the heart of Houston. The conference allows emerging writers the intense studio focus necessary to develop their craft. Participants can look forward to daily workshops led by graduate students from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, as well as craft talks, readings, off-site events, and a day dedicated to panels on professionalization. Visiting writers Amber Dermont, Franke Varca and David MacLeanwill give readings and craft talks, and will be available for individual manuscript consultations.
Who can attend Boldface? Anyone who is 18 or over and who has an interest in creative writing, but who has never been enrolled in a graduate writing program (MFA or PhD). Many of our participants are college students, but we’ve had a number of participants from the Houston professional community as well. We welcome participants from around the nation.
- When is the Registration Deadline? How much does it cost? Early Bird registration for students is $100. The regular registration deadline is midnight on Saturday, May 4, and the fee is $125 for students, and $200 for non-students.
What’s included in the conference registration fee? This conference registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on Monday-Friday, as well as workshops, craft talks, and readings. The registration cost does not include travel, housing, or dinner.
A limited number of individual consultations with visiting writers are also available for an additional fee of $25. These consultations are one-on-one conversations about a piece of writing that you send the visiting writer in advance. Some of these sold out last year, so to guarantee a consultation, we recommend booking in advance.
Is Housing available? We do have a limited number of rooms available in Cougar Village, the University’s newest housing community, for rental. The price for a shared room for the duration of the conference is $200. Check in will be after 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 18th, and Check out is before noon on Saturday, May 24th.
How and why do we keep this conference so inexpensive? Registration fees only cover a fraction of our cost in putting the conference together. We aim to provide access to high-quality instruction and events to all income levels. We do our best to keep the registration fees affordable to the community by doing fundraisers like the write-a-thon. If you’d like to help, you can contribute to the write-a-thon by sponsoring a participating writer, or you can participate in it and find donors to sponsor you.
We’re happy to announce this year’s visiting writers!